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Contemporary View of the Body-Mind Connection

A connection between body and mind has been implied over the centuries. Given that modern medicine is still based on judgments that cannot measure the complexity of this interaction, most of the evidence is perceived as inconclusive anecdotes. With this, western medicine remains largely based on the paradigm that mind and body are separate. However, a revival of interest in the connection between body and mind has triggered a new wave of research that leads to a certain acceptance of the connection between body and mind.

Since the non-measurable symptoms remain unclassified, the impact of the mind on the body is often defined as a new disease – the psychosomatic disorder. As this is an umbrella term that covers all the symptoms that cannot be diagnosed with conventional methods, and because only one impact-direction is considered (the mind’s impact on the body), this diagnosis remains a black box without the ability to offer the right remedy.

Although modern research suggests a strong body-mind connection, the mechanisms involved in this connection are largely vague. Many areas of research start with questions such as “How can abstract thoughts and feelings affect the body and influence the development and progression of diseases and conditions that are so different?

Assumptions that neurotransmitters, the nervous system, hormones and the immune system are among the main candidates for bridging the divide between the mind and the body are the loudest. But although these explanations are approaching the right path, they are still too simplified to give the right answer.

The answer to the question of the body-mind interactions is possible only when the physical dimension is transcended.

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